WHEN BACH WAS AN IRISHMAN
MÁIRTÍN O’CONNOR, ANTONI O’BRESKEY, TONY BYRNE & DAVIDE VITERBO
SAT 23 APRIL | DUNCAIRN CENTRE FOR CULTURE & ARTS | DOORS 7.30PM / £12.50 BYO, BOOK HERE
Antoni O’ Breskey & Band - featuring Mairtin O’Connor
The Nomadic Piano Journey
When Bach was an Irishman and Mozart a Gypsy boy
A Bach’s fugue that turns into an Irish Dixie, a Mozart’s minuet in the Scottish valleys, a Chopin’s studio from Warsaw to Granada becoming a Flamenco Jondo Chant, The 9th Symphony of Beethoven in the Appalachian Mountains, Mozart’s Turkish March brought back to Istanbul ending unexpectedly in a polka in the Kerry style… A sophisticated and ironical musical journey where Jazz and Classical music meets its roots in the traditional music of the world, particularly Irish and the Gipsy music, through surprisingly original compositions and re-elaborated versions of classical pieces mixed with Blues, Trad, Flamenco, Balkan and Arabian sounds.
An extraordinary band: Antoni O’Breskey on piano, Mairtin O’Connor on accordion, Davide Viterbo on cello, Consuelo Nerea on vocals fiddle and bodhran, Tony Byrne on guitar, and special guest Jason O’Rourke on concertina.
Antóni O’Breskey, composer, pianist and trumpet player, writer.
Oliver Sweeney, in the Hot Press, wrote of him: “He is a man for whom the notion of borders means very little, a genius whose music is without frontiers, and whose originality makes him one of the most innovative composers in any contemporary medium”
His contribution to Irish music and culture was celebrated several times in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
As Geoff Harden explained in The news letter he introduced piano as a leading and creative instrument in Irish and Flamenco music mixing it with blues and classical music and creating a very personal style:
“One of the most exciting sounds we have heard in years"
THE 20th BELFAST FESTIVAL AT QUEENS
“His playing is superb and successfully combines Irish Tradition with Blues style”
HARRY LONG,WALTONS GUIDE TO IRISH MUSIC